What does your sofa say about you? If these portraits are any indication, quite a bit, actually.
Consider Lee Radziwill in Paris, on the phone, cigarette in hand, mid-puff. Note the curve of her chignon and of her sofa, a scroll-back number in salmon silk. It’s an essay in authentic, Albert Hadley–designed library. That sofa, in Brunschwig & Fils’s La Portugaise, might as well be a throne. There’s no telling how many yards of chintz the shot has sold, but there’s no doubt about this: The photographer captured something of her essence, and the magic of it will long endure.. Or Brooke Astor in her
Scroll on to see what each sofa has to say about these iconic women.
The Mae West Lips sofa, by Salvador Dalí, echoes the whimsical tastes of designer Diane von Furstenberg, who was photographed in 2012 in her New York headquarters.
Lee Radziwill on a simple yet elegant scroll-back sofa in her in 2015.
Brooke Astor, in the 1990s, in the library designed for her by Albert Hadley. The Brunschwig & Fils chintz on the sofa has since become iconic.
Philanthropist Dominique de Menil, in a Charles James gown, on the piece the couturier famously designed for her, circa 1950.
The late Dallas arts patron Betty Blake, above, in her living room in 2007.
Designer Tory Burch in 2015 on a velvet sofa inspired by a much-photographed model in Hubert de Givenchy’s Paris residence.
Defying convention in Southampton, New York, in 1969, Gloria Vanderbilt covered a traditional Knole sofa in laid-back gingham.
When designer Ruthie Sommers paired her classic camelback sofa with a vivid David Hicks fabric, she ignited a rage for the shapely silhouette in 2005.
Angular, modern sofas in Peggy Guggenheim’s Venetian palazzo in 1961 placed emphasis on her eclectic collection.